IPL: Trent Boult struggles with the ball as Mumbai Indians crushed by Punjab Kings

Blackcaps seamer Trent Boult had a night to forget in the Indian Premier League, as his Mumbai Indians were hammered by the Punjab Kings in Chennai.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat first, Mumbai limped to an under-par 131/6 from their 20 overs. 

Captain Rohit Sharma led the way with 63 from 53 balls, but only Suryakumar Yadav (33) and West Indian Kieron Pollard (16 not out) joined their skipper in reaching double figures.

Showing the way to bat on the Chennai surface, Punjab's second wicket pair of West Indies' icon Chris Gayle (43 not out) and captain KL Rahul (60 not out) led their side to victory with little hassle.

The pair added an unbeaten partnership of 79 runs in 65 balls, as Mumbai had no answer in their search for wickets.

Boult in particular struggled with the ball, conceding 30 runs in 2.4 overs, hit for three boundaries and two sixes in the 16 balls he bowled - going at an economy rate of 11.25 per over.

His spell was Mumbai's most expensive, conceding nearly two runs a ball by the time Rahul steered him through third man for a boundary to seal Punjab's victory by nine wickets at 132/1. 

The loss was defending champion Mumbai's third of the season, seeing them sit fourth on the IPL ladder on net run rate alone, with Punjab in hot pursuit in fifth.

Kiwi-influenced Royal Challengers Bangalore head the IPL table, unbeaten with four wins out of four, containing the Blackcaps duo of Kyle Jamieson and Finn Allen, while ex-New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is the director of cricket.